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PIUG 2014 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

Patent Knowledge & IP Strategy:
Riding the Waves of Change to Achieve Business Success

Saturday, April 26 – Thursday, May 1, 2014
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840
+1-714-750-1234

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the PIUG 2014 Annual Conference to be held April 26 - May 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. The theme for this 16th annual conference is:

Patent Knowledge & IP Strategy: Riding the Waves of Change to Achieve Business Success.

Please submit your abstracts to Ms. Andrea Davis by email to adavis @ nuvasive dot com.

We are particularly interested in presentations from patent information users working in-house or as external providers, patent offices, IP firms, universities and others who are able to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Subject Matter Challenges - developing technological fields often present new challenges for patent information retrieval and analysis. Specific case studies of methods used to overcome obstacles or case studies on how the patent landscape is affected by paradigm shifting developments such as graphene, pattern recognition, software, business methods, games, 3-D printing, organic electronics, Big Data or other emerging developments are welcome. As 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, a discussion about the particular challenges faced when attempting to search and analyze crystal structure information would be well received.
  • Impact of Recent Developments - presentations on how patent research and analysis will transform in light of such developments as the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system as well as recent patent law reform including the America Invents Act (AIA), the European Unitary Patent, Australia's Raising the Bar patent law reform, the long awaited New Zealand Patents Act 2013 or the proposed South African patent law reform currently being discussed. Patent attorneys, agents or management providing insight as to how their internal processes have been or will be altered are also welcome.
  • Patent Licensing & Strategy - presentations on methods and tools used to identify licensing partners, including starting portfolio evaluation, steps in finding potential licensing candidates and the criteria and strategy used to make a final choice.
  • Efficiency Measures - presentations on achieving an agile IP research department or business, adaptation of automated or semi-automated mining tools or processes to increase efficiency, using text mining in early evaluations.
  • Patent Analysis Studies - 'real life' examples of applying analysis and visualization tools to provide knowledge insight, including specific strategies used to arrive at useful conclusions.
  • Updates from Patent Authorities - presentations by national, regional or international patent authorities regarding developments or proposed changes to patent application procedure, online patent publication databases or patent examination practices. Presentations from patent office staff as well as others having practical knowledge of these developments are invited.

If any of the above or related themes fall into your area of expertise then we would like to hear from you!

In addition, if you are a patent attorney and you are interested in (1) the application of patent analytics and citation based patent searching or (2) you are interested in the quality of patent information retrieval and analysis in support of drafting, prosecution, opposition or litigation matters, we invite you to consider participating in a patent counsel panel to address these topics. Please email adavis @ nuvasive dot com and indicate your topic of preference.

Please send your presentation title, abstract, proposed speaker name, company name, brief biography and full contact information to adavis @ nuvasive dot com on or before Friday, November 8, 2013 for full consideration.

If you think you may be interested in speaking but require management approval beforehand, please let us know so that we can begin to consider your general proposal for a paper in the meantime (submission of just a few descriptive sentences will be sufficient).

Presentations will need to be provided to the Program Committee prior to the Annual Conference for review and feedback before being loaded into the presentation system.

The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the internet or elsewhere, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.

If you would like to make a recommendation for a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Andrea Davis (adavis @ nuvasive dot com) with your views.

Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the PIUG web site.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2014 Annual Conference!

Andrea Davis and Susanne Hantos, Co-Chairs - Program Committee

Jim Brown and Ron Kaminecki, Co-Chairs - Planning Committee

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